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Posted: 06/01/2014

Preservation Society of Charleston

The Preservation Society of Charleston (hereafter PSC), founded in 1920, is the oldest community-based preservation organization in America. For ninety-four years, the Society has been dedicated to principled advocacy in support of historic preservation. Its mission is to inspire the involvement of all who live in the South Carolina Lowcountry to honor and respect the area’s material and cultural heritage. Throughout its nearly one-hundred-year existence, the PSC has been in the forefront of efforts to safeguard Charleston’s authenticity, preserve its rich and diverse history, and ensure that livability and community issues are effectively addressed. In 1931, the Society was instrumental in persuading Charleston City Council to pass the first zoning ordinance enacted to protect historic resources. This ordinance established the first Board of Architectural Review and designated a 138-acre “Old and Historic District,” which has since been expanded to include over 4,800 historic structures. Over the decades, the Society has sought to fulfill its mission through programs that focus on preservation education, advocacy, and planning. Noteworthy among these are the Carolopolis Award Program, given to acknowledge exemplary work in the renovation or rehabilitation of historic properties, and the Society’s award-winning quarterly newsletter Preservation Progress, established in 1956. In recent years, the PSC has fought to save a historic church in downtown Charleston; established a program to erect markers at modern civil rights era sites; saved landmark structures such as the Receiving Tomb in Magnolia Cemetery and the monumental United Order of Tents building; and collaborated with other non-profit organizations to tackle major livability issues requiring complex litigation. The Preservation Society of Charleston is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization that relies on membership revenue, grants, and other donations for operating funds.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Charleston, SC

The Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston (hereafter PSC) is the chief staff officer of the Society and will serve as its principal leader, advocate, and fund-raiser.  The Executive Director reports to the PSC Board of Directors and works closely with the Board and the PSC membership in developing advocacy positions, establishing policies, drawing up and executing annual fundraising and marketing plans, and undertaking other activities and programs to fulfill PSC's mission. He/She has overall responsibility for maintaining sound day-to-day operations and for carrying out a diverse array of activities and programs. He/She will also help guide the organization as it manages new opportunities and challenges in a city that is experiencing unprecedented levels of tourism and tremendous regional population growth.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Advocacy and Education

§     In concert with the Board of Directors and pertinent Board Committees, develop the Societys advocacy positions on all issues that relate to the preservation of the Lowcountrys cultural and material heritage; advance advocacy through appearing at public meetings and hearings, attending private meetings, writing editorials and using other media to get the PSC advocacy message out to the membership and to the general public; serve as the primary media contact for the organization.

§    Monitor legislative and other governmental affairs that may affect historic preservation; prepare and present testimony and position papers on public issues.

§     Oversee design and production of publications and other means of providing education and technical assistance about historic preservation, including Preservation Progress, the PSC website, and other channels (including social media) as appropriate.

§     Create and oversee organization and implementation of tours, conferences, in-house classes and workshops, receptions, and other events, programs, and activities to engage members and enable the organization to fulfill its mission and bring in revenues.

2. Operations and Fiscal Management

§     Reporting to the Board of Directors, establish goals and develop policies, procedures, programs and budgets to fulfill the mission of the organization.  Handle the responsibilities of the day-to-day operations.

§     Hire, manage, and develop staff in coordination with the Executive Committee; set and monitor performance expectations for staff.

§     Manage financial matters including operational and capital budgets, cost control, risk management, financial reporting and financial planning.  Prepare financial and operational reports for the Board of Directors for their monthly meetings, and as otherwise directed.

§     Develop and implement effective programs, events and avenues for revenue generation and direct the operations of the PSC store and merchandising plans.

§     Build and maintain open, positive working relationships between the Board of Directors, the staff and the membership.

3. Communications and Marketing

§     Develop a detailed marketing and communications plan and calendar  to disseminate PSC message, support and maintain healthy revenue and attendance at all events, and garner goodwill and financial support.

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How to apply
Resumes and cover letters may be submitted online in confidence to edsearch@preservationsociety.org through August 1, 2014. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Preservation Society of Charleston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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